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on the part of the Government, the enemy besieged Plymouth. On the 18th of April, 1864, the Confederates opened with artillery upon Fort Gray, and in the afternoon, directing a heavy fire upon the town of Plymouth, the battle became general all along the line. The enemy assaulted the works with great gallantry, Lieutenant-Commander Charles W. Flusser. but were driven back by the aid of the gun-boats Miami and Southfield, under Lieutenant-Commander Flusser. A message was sent from General Wessels to Lieutenant-Commander Flusser, acknowledging the value of the Navy's services in driving back the enemy, and requesting that the Miami might be kept below the town to prevent a flank movement by the Confederates. The Southfield, Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant Chas. A. French, anchored with the Miami below Plymouth, and the ram, having been reported as coming down the river, the two gun-boats were chained together to meet her. At 3:45 P. M. both steamers got underway, and stood up the ri